This Week in Michigan Rowing: vs. UCF, Tennessee

Feb. 14, 2014

Sunday, Feb. 16 -- vs. Central Florida, Tennessee (Orlando, Fla.), 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, March 8 -- vs. Miami (Fla.) (Tampa, Fla.), 1 p.m.

The University of Michigan rowing team continues the exhibition portion of its 2014 schedule with two events in Florida over the next three weeks. On Sunday (Feb. 9), U-M will race Central Florida and Tennessee at Lake Pickett in Orlando, with lineups to be determined after practice on the lake this weekend. Action starts at 8:30 a.m.

U-M will then race with Miami (Fla.) on March 8 at 1 p.m. in Tampa.


• The women's rowing team will head to Florida twice in the next three weeks for its last two winter tuneups before the start of the spring season.

• The Wolverines will race Central Florida and Tennessee on Sunday (Feb. 16) on Lake Pickett, with races starting at 8:30 a.m. The racing format has yet to be determined but will likely consist of multiple pieces at controlled ratings.

• U-M returns 16 of 23 rowers from the first varsity eight, second varsity eight and first varsity four that competed at last year's NCAA Championships. Six of the nine rowers return from the FV8 and SV8 as well as four of the five athletes from the FV4.

• Michigan has placed in the top two at the Big Ten Championships in 10 of 14 years that the conference rowing meet has been held. Michigan has claimed five Big Ten team titles (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2012).

• Head coach Mark Rothstein is in his 18th season at the helm of the women's varsity rowing program. Rothstein's teams have finished in the top five of the NCAA Championships a total of eight times, including two runner-up finishes (2001, '12).

• Senior port/starboard Bryna Oleshansky earned All-Big Ten second team honors last year and will lead Michigan's first varsity eight along with junior port/starboard Jessica Eiffert. Michigan's lone returning All-American (second team), Eiffert also earned Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-Region first-team honors in 2013.